Rotorua | New Zealand

Whanau

John Paul College recognises New Zealand’s cultural diversity & the unique position of Māori.

  1. J.P.C. has a Whanau Group which meets monthly.
  2. Our Whare, ‘Hoani Paora,’ is a centre promoting excellence in Te Reo and Tikanga Māori.
  3. Faculty Heads and Deans specifically target Māori students to ensure academic and pastoral excellence.
  4. Māori parents are consulted on the aims and aspirations they have for their children through the Whanau Group.
  5. J.P.C. is not a total immersion school in Te Reo. Parents who request it will be referred to the local schools that do.




Rangiāōwhia Commemoration

On Thursday 21st February, Whaea Mercia took six senior students and travelled to Te Awamutu for the Rangiāōwhia Commemoration. There was a Powhiri and karakia to welcome the schools who attended. Staff and students listened to the significant, historical event that took place in New Zealand, the story of Rangiāōwhia shared by Moepatu Borrell.  Students learned about what happened to the people of Rangiāōwhia, understanding the Te Riti o Waitangi and how promises were breeched and their ongoing fight for justice. Staff and students visited the site of the invasion, the historic St Pauls Anglican Church and the Catholic mission site. Students reflected on Why it happened? Where did the people go? What happened next? Why did the Crown fail to protect Māori land? and what might the government do now? It was a successful turnout with a growing number of schools attending and demonstrating a desire to understand and acknowledge what happened and how the iwi are moving forward positively.





45 students from years 9-13 attended the Poly Fest on Thursday 14th March in Auckland with Mr Peter’s, Mrs Hewitson and Whaea Mercia. The group departed at 5am and returned home by 6pm. The students enjoyed the entertainment from a variety of cultures  showcasing their skills in cultural performances and speeches. Students were able to move between the six stages that was spaciously set up. There was also a wide range of food and gift stalls for students to explore. The trip was a success and an enjoyable cultural experience.





Year 9 Students  Maori lesson:  Cooking Kamokamo Parehe (Kamokamo Pizza)Term 1 Students have been busy learning the “Our Father” prayer in Maori, Pepeha, Whakapapa, Rakau game (stick game) and are absorbed in the learning of new words, verbs and nouns. They especially enjoy the learning when the focus is on kai!! Students have been practicing their new words through cooking activities.





Year 10 Students  Maori lessons:  Cooking Kamokamo Parehe (Kamokamo Pizza)
Term 1 Students have been busy learning the “Our Father” prayer in Maori, Pepeha, Whakapapa, Rakau game (stick game) and are absorbed in the learning of new words, verbs and nouns. They especially enjoy the learning when the focus is on kai!! 
Students have been practicing their new words through cooking activities.